One of the biggest complaints I here from new home owners or renters is that they don’t have enough space. This is especially true in the big cities where space is costly and priced at a premium. Tips for saving space are numerous, including building more shelves, creative spaces for cabinets, fold in couches and beds, just to name a few. Today we will talk about one such idea for saving space in a smaller home, the stackable washer and dryer. The stacked washer/dryer unit is convenient because it builds up vertically (just like most compact cities and urban centers) so it doesn’t take up as much horizontal space. Building up vertically is a principle you can us all throughout your home to make more space. This simply takes the principle and applies it your home appliances. The same goes with counter-top dishwashers, modular shelving units, among many other things.
This is a key component of its advantages, but there are some other key advantages which we will discuss below.
Advantage #1 – Large Capacity but Less space
Many people equate a stackable washer dryer with a small unit that can’t handle large loads. This is actually not the case, just like many laundromats have only front loading, stacked washers and dryers, your home can have similar units. Stacked units end up taking up less space within a room because they can utilize the horizontal space.
More info on Stackable Units: http://www.stackablewasheranddryer.org
Advantage #2 – Front Loading
All stackable units have to be front loading (otherwise how would you open the unit to put the clothes in?). Front loading washers and dryers have there own unique advantages that put them ahead of the pack from regular, top loading washer/dryers.
Firstly they use less water. This is because they don’t have to fill all the way to the top to saturate all the clothes. They only have to go about 1/2 way. This saves you energy and water costs, as well as being better for the environment. It also cuts down tremendously on the time each load takes (you don’t have to wait those intermittent minutes while the machine fills and flushes out the water).
Secondly they require less repairs over time. The average washing machine lasts about 4-5 years while a front loader can last anywhere from 6 to 8. This is crucial when considering the average lifetime costs of such an appliance, which is usually the most expensive household appliance a home contains.
Advantage #3 – Energy Costs
Because they are front loading and more efficient with their load capacity, stackable washers and dryers are much more energy efficient. You will end up saving a ton of money in the long run just off energy bills alone (here is an extra tip, don’t use hot water all the time, you probably don’t need it). Make sure your brand comes EnergyStar certified (most all do nowadays anyway), and make sure your capacity is suitable to your lifestyle needs.
Here are some tips about energy conservation that you might find useful:
We hope this has been really helpful for you. Come back next time for more helpful household tips!